Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

Get access

Slang
(4,885 words)

‘Slang’ is an English term which is sometimes used erroneously to refer to what in Arabic is termed al-ʿāmmiyya or ad-dārija or al-lahja, i.e. linguistic entities which are more appropriately referred to in English as colloquials or dialects. A more precise correspondence to the English term ‘slang’ might be the Arabic term sīm or the phrase raṭāna ʿāmmiyya. The former term is more closely akin to a very limited and specific form of slang which in English is termed ‘argot’ or ‘cant’ (also ‘lingo’), while the latter phrase captures that aspect of slang…

Cite this page
John C. Eisele, “Slang”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0310>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



▲   Back to top   ▲